Purchase a Carman Ranch Cow Share

We are now accepting orders for 2014!  

Delivery dates are:

  • June 29, 2014
  • October 4, 2014
  • October 18, 2014
  • November 2, 2014

Purchasing a cow share of beef direct from the ranch is the most affordable and sustainable system available, and one that supports our community, the land and a traditional way of life.

How Much Will it Cost?

Because you are investing in a live animal, we are required to sell it by its “hanging weight,” or the weight of the hanging side of beef when it arrives at the meat shop. Our prices are for hanging weight per pound.

Once the side of beef is cut and wrapped and the bones and extra fat are removed, you’ll be left with about 65% of the hanging weight in packaged cuts for your freezer. (This is often called the “cut-out” or “finished cut weight" and is largely based on the cutting option you request).

Our prices are based on our actual costs of production. To give you an idea of the price per pound you’ll pay for Carman Ranch beef, we have compared the hanging weight price to the average yield or take-home weight. We’ve also identified the total cost of getting the animal to you, including harvest, processing and delivery.

Quarter Cow

The hanging weight of a quarter ranges from 112 to 160 pounds. The hanging weight price for a quarter is $4.20/lb. or between $470 and $672. The finished cut weight from a quarter will be between 73 and 104 pounds, making the cut, packaged meat that we deliver to you $6.46/lb.

Half Cow

Halves range from 224 to 320 pounds. The hanging weight price for a half is $4.10/lb. or between $918 and $1312. The finished cut weight from a side of beef will be between 145 and 208 lbs. making the cut, packaged meat that we deliver to you $6.30/lb.

Whole Cow

The hanging weight price for a whole cow is $4.00/lb. and ranges between $1800 and $2400. The finished cut weight price is $6.15/lb for the cut, packaged meat that we deliver to you.

What You'll Get

Don’t be surprised to find that your cow isn’t made up of rib-eyes and flank steaks! Depending on the size of your share, your order may not include each and every cut of beef. For example, there’s only one flank steak and one tri-tip roast per side of beef, so it’s impossible to provide these cuts for everyone. However, you will receive an equal share by weight. Click here to read about our cutting orders and how much you'll get.

Many of our customers divide their shares further among family and friends. Just remember, when you split smaller shares, one person will end up with an extra T-bone while someone else gets more sirloin, for example. For the best quality and flavor, we recommend that you purchase the amount you are likely to consume within one year.